While acne is something that nearly everyone has experienced at some point, it can be a very complicated condition for some people. Acne can vary in its type and level of severity. The way the body responds to it can vary from person to person also. Acne is frequently triggered by hormonal changes that cause excessive oil in the skin. This can cause the pores to become blocked. When this happens, blackheads and whiteheads are likely to form.
For some people, acne can be remedied with the use of over-the-counter products. Other people, however, will find these products ineffective and will need to seek professional care. Otherwise, their acne can become more serious. It can become inflamed and cause the skin to redden. This often leads to burning sensations and other discomforts, too. If this inflammatory acne progresses even further, it can turn into cystic acne. This happens when the inflammation becomes infected. It is this type of acne that puts a person at risk for permanent scarring of the skin.
If you have scarring on your face because of previous cases of acne, you might want to look for professional treatments that can help. Otherwise, the scarring will remain with you permanently. One of the most effective forms of acne scar therapy involves the use of a Fraxel® laser.
Fraxel® laser treatments for acne scar therapy are done by directing tiny, microscopic-sized laser pulses onto the skin. These pulses are small enough that most of the skin is left intact. As new skin cells begin to grow to replace those small sections that were affected by the laser, they will also spread to the untouched areas and give the entire surface of the skin a rejuvenated look.
Fraxel® lasers also reach the lower levels of the skin. This is where substances like collagen and elastin are produced. Collagen gives the skin an appearance of fullness. It is actually the lack of it that causes the skin to sag and wrinkles to form. The amount of collagen present in the skin will naturally decrease with age. The heat from the laser will stimulate the production of extra collagen and restore fullness to the skin. This will cause things like lines and wrinkles to disappear.
Collagen production will help skin that has been impacted by the formation of acne scarring as well. It will, in effect, fill in those pits that may have been left when the acne finally disappeared. This, combined with the rejuvenation that happens on the top layers of the skin, has proven to be a beneficial treatment for getting rid of acne scars.
Fraxel® acne scar therapy is performed in the comfort of our office. Afterwards, patients can return home and go about their normal business. Side effects are minimal when compared with other types of treatments, including more aggressive lasers.
If your skin has been negatively impacted by the presence of acne scarring and you thought the condition was something you would have to live with the rest of your life, talk to the team at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre about acne scar therapy via the Fraxel® laser. This treatment may very well turn out to be the answer you thought would never come. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Delta or Burnaby.